Clinician workshops

Clinician workshops (click on dates to book)

Understanding and working with clinical risk (1-day workshop)

This 1-day workshop has been specifically developed for mental health clinicians supporting and managing clients with BPD and nonsuicidal self harm and suicidal risk. The workshop will examine in detail the assessment, formulation and management of these risks in clinical practice.  It is suitable for mental health clinicians, nurses, and other professionals working with people with BPD.

Presenters: Janina Tomasoni is a clinical psychologist and the psychology senior for state-wide services (Turning Point and Spectrum). She has worked as the senior clinical and counselling psychologist at Spectrum for the last 11 years. Dr Tomasoni’s work has predominately involved assessing and providing individual treatment to clients who are defined as complex and high risk with difficulties in engaging in psychotherapy. Janina also provides secondary consultation to primary stakeholders such as mental health case managers, emergency services, ED staff and Corrections Victoria

Dr Yvette Vardy is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in training and supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and a long standing interest in assessment and treatment of BPD clients. Dr Vardy focussed her doctorate on the experience of aloneness in BPD clients, and is passionate about training others in understanding BPD and working effectively with BPD clients.


Understanding and treating people with a diagnosis of BPD (1-day workshop) 

This 1-day foundation workshop will focus on building an understanding of the person with BPD in order to develop a relevant treatment approach. Participants will learn the basic principles of assessment and risk management specific to this client group within the context of public mental health services. This workshop is suitable for mental health clinicians, nurses, and other professionals working with people with BPD.

Presenters: Julian Browne is a psychologist with a background in psychotherapy with individuals, groups and couples, and has worked in both forensic and community settings around complex clients with a history of trauma. He has an interest in innovative training methods, and systems theory as applied to families and organisations.

Dr Yvette Vardy is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in training and supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and a long standing interest in assessment and treatment of BPD clients. Dr Vardy focussed her doctorate on the experience of aloneness in BPD clients, and is passionate about training others in understanding BPD and working effectively with BPD clients.


Managing crises in people with BPD: A workshop for emergency department, crisis assessment teams and mental health clinicians (1-day workshop)

This 1-day workshop will assist clinicians in Emergency Departments and Crisis Assessment Teams manage clients diagnosed with BPD who present with deliberate self-harm or threats to suicide. Participants will learn about the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Guidelines for crisis management and risk assessment to develop sophisticated decision making when these clients present in their practice.

Presenters: Dr Charlotte Duncan is a consultant psychiatrist for Spectrum with an interest in psychotherapy, personality disorder and the treatment of complex clients.  She has worked in community and forensic settings in the past and with Spectrum for 3 years where she has had experience in psychodynamic, MBT, DBT and ACT therapeutic work with clients with BPD.

Dr Yvette Vardy is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in training and supervision of professionals who work with BPD patients. She has a long standing interest in assessment and treatment of BPD clients. Dr Vardy focussed her doctorate on the experience of aloneness in BPD clients, and is passionate about training others in understanding BPD and working effectively with BPD clients.


Creating coherence: An introduction to the principles and practical applications of DBT (2 day workshop)

This 2-day workshop will provide an overview of the theory and principles of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as the practical applications of treatment. Participants will discuss common clinical concerns, enhanced by demonstrations and case studies. Skills and strategies to achieve treatment progress will support participants to apply DBT to clinical practice. This workshop is suitable for all mental health clinicians new to DBT as well as those with prior experience. Supervision will also be offered following the training to support clinicians in applying the practices and principles into their daily work. Participants should attend both sessions.

Presenters: Associate Professor Sathya Rao is the Director of Spectrum and a consultant psychiatrist. He is a DBT therapist and has a keen interest in teaching and training. He held the position of chair of the Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee for over six years. Sathya is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Monash University.

Pip Bradley has a background of 20 years’ experience in mental health nursing, most of those specialising in the treatment and management of borderline personality disorder. She has worked in specialist personality disorder services in New Zealand and more recently at Spectrum. Pip provides therapy, training and consultation across public and non-government sectors regarding complex presentations, therapeutic risk management and DBT.

Dr Yvette Vardy is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in training and supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and a long standing interest in assessment and treatment of BPD clients. Dr Vardy focussed her doctorate on the experience of aloneness in BPD clients, and is passionate about training others in understanding BPD and working effectively with BPD clients.


Understanding and managing challenging BPD presentations: A workshop for private and public practice psychiatrists (1 day workshop + 12 months’ supervision for 2 hours once a month)

This 1-day workshop is aimed at helping psychiatrists who treat and manage people with BPD in private & public psychiatry. It will assist psychiatrists in the assessment and management of clinical risks, crisis management, understanding and dealing with transference and countertransference and in differentiating comorbid disorders such as psychosis, depression, bipolar and eating disorders. The workshop will be followed by monthly group supervision (face to face or via video/teleconference for a period of 12 months provided by one or more of the workshop facilitators, where psychiatrists will have the opportunity to discuss their challenging and high risk cases. Supervision is optional and not a prerequisite to attend the workshop.

Presenters: Associate Professor Sathya Rao is the Director of Spectrum and a consultant psychiatrist. He is a DBT therapist and has a keen interest in teaching and training. He held the position of chair of the Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee for over six years. Sathya is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Monash University.

Associate Professor Josephine Beatson is the Senior Clinical Advisor to Spectrum, a consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in public and private settings. Dr Beatson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and has a particular interest in the understanding and treatment of severe personality disorders.

Dr Charlotte Duncan is a consultant psychiatrist for Spectrum with an interest in psychotherapy, personality disorder and the treatment of complex clients.  She has worked in community and forensic settings in the past and with Spectrum for 3 years where she has had experience in psychodynamic, MBT, DBT and ACT therapeutic work with clients with BPD.


Mentalization based treatment for BPD (2-day workshop)

This 2-day workshop will provide an introduction to the essentials of mentalization based treatment (MBT). MBT draws upon readily useable treatment ideas and practices that can be easily integrated into everyday clinical care provided by the full range of health disciplines. The approach has been shown to be effective in achieving sustainable remission in BPD, and is now being used at a number of centres throughout the world. The training will cover the theoretical underpinnings of the approach, describe and illustrate its therapeutic techniques, and practise skills for the application of MBT in a clinical setting. Participants should attend both sessions.

Presenters: Kate Cooke is the Acting Associate Clinical Director of Spectrum.  She is a psychiatric nurse and psychodramatist, with an abiding interest in MBT, which she uses in her work.  She enjoys her training role, in which her love of people, knowledge and experience in the psychiatric field come together creatively.



INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Times: All full day workshops run from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Fees: Unless otherwise stated, half day workshops cost $110 including GST, 1-day workshops cost $220 including GST and 2-day workshops cost $440 including GST.

Refreshments: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included in full day training price. Light refreshments will be served at evening workshops.

Parking: All day parking is available close by at the Melbourne Museum car park. Early bird rate for parking is $17.00. Enter before 9.30am, exit after 2.30pm.

Cancellation policy: If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend this event after you have registered please email training@turningpoint.org.au no later than one (1) week prior to the event to cancel and/or be issued with a full refund. A refund will not be issued if notification has not been received within this time frame and you will be required to pay for the event.

General enquiries:  Please contact Spectrum on 8833 3050 or email spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au